AGRICULTURE AND HORTICULTURE
BEEF CATTLE ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL ACT
22-4903. Authority and duties of director concerning beef cattle animal feeding operations. (1) The director of the department of agriculture through the division of animal industries is authorized to regulate beef cattle animal feeding operations to protect state natural resources, including surface water and ground water. The department is authorized to adopt rules to implement the provisions of this chapter.
(2) Nothing in this chapter shall affect the authority of the department of environmental quality to administer and enforce an Idaho NPDES program for beef cattle feeding operations, including without limitation, the authority to issue permits, access records, conduct inspections and take enforcement action, as set forth in chapter 1, title 39, Idaho Code, and the rules adopted pursuant thereto. The provisions of this chapter do not alter the requirements, liabilities and authorities with respect to or established by an Idaho NPDES program.
(3) The director of the department of environmental quality and the director of the department of agriculture shall, as appropriate, establish an agreement relating to the administration of an Idaho NPDES program that recognizes the expertise of the department of agriculture. The director shall have the authority to exercise any other authorities delegated by the director of the department of environmental quality regarding the protection of ground water, surface water and other natural resources associated with beef cattle feeding operations, and this shall be the authority for the director of the department of environmental quality to so delegate.
(4) The director of the department of environmental quality shall consult with the director of the department of agriculture before certifying discharges from beef cattle animal feeding operations as provided under 33 U.S.C. section 1341.
[22-4903, added 2000, ch. 63, sec. 1, p. 140; am. 2001, ch. 103, sec. 8, p. 262; am. 2004, ch. 187, sec. 2, p. 580; am. 2016, ch. 129, sec. 2, p. 377.]